Kentucky sleeper one to watch

John Hardin has been one of the state's best football programs over the last several years. One of their best players is junior Wade Holtsclaw. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete has the quickness to play several positions on the field. At this stage, he is still trying to get stronger.

John Hardin has been one of the state's best football programs over the last several years. One of their best players is junior Wade Holtsclaw. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete has the quickness to play several positions on the field. At this stage, he is still trying to get stronger.

"This off-season I have been working on getting stronger, quicker and gaining weight," said Holtsclaw. "I would like to put on another five to eight pounds of muscle before the season starts."

But he's already got some attributes that make him appealing to several schools at this point.

"My biggest strength is my quickness and knowledge of the game. I played quarterback all my life until my sophomore year. It has really helped me on defense, being able to read plays. I like to hit and stop plays for a loss," he continued.

Last season John Hardin was 13-1 on the year. Holtsclaw missed part of the season with an injury but still managed nine receptions for 258 yards and four touchdowns on offense. Defensively he had 41 tackles and an interception from his defensive back spot.

"Last season was a little disappointing to me. I started off the season great, but in the third game I fractured my ankle," said Holtsclaw. "I was able to come back for the playoffs and help my team win region and make it to the state semi-finals," he continued.

Holtsclaw is fully recovered from his injury and is now looking into the recruiting process. He has already been on a few campuses.

"I have visited Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Indiana, all last season," Holtsclaw said.

Holtsclaw was very impressed with Vanderbilt and Eastern Kentucky on those trips.

"I really like Coach Franklin at Vandy. He has their program going in the right direction. He was great with his players," he continued.

"I was most impressed with Coach Hood and the Eastern Kentucky program. It was great getting to meet him and the coaching staff during this past season," said Holtsclaw.

Holtsclaw hasn't picked up any offers yet, but he has interest in other programs as well.

"I'm getting many requests to attend camps to be evaluated this summer. I think most schools want to see me in person. I plan on attending as many as I possibly can. I have interest in Air Force, Navy, Arkansas State, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay," he continued.


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